STEM Library Merge FAQ
Beginning in 2018, the White Memorial Chemistry Library and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Library (EPSL) will merge to form the STEM Library. The consolidation of services, collections, and spaces is currently underway. This page provides answers to some questions library users may have about the merger.
With campus space at a premium, the Provost, the Dean of the College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences, and the Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry elected to support the department’s pressing need to accommodate its growing faculty. The Chemistry Library space was elected to meet this need.
Beginning in summer 2017, reserve materials housed at the Chemistry Library were relocated to the Engineering and Physical Sciences Library. Course reserves and item holds at the Chemistry Library were also merged with EPSL over the summer. Overall, Chemistry Library collections, staff, and services will be merged with EPSL by the end of December 2017, after final exams.
Print materials, however, do remain important in certain STEM disciplines. Our goal is to consolidate the collection as much as possible in one location. We will take into account the needs of the particular disciplines and the challenges of interdisciplinary research, which sometimes blur traditional subject-specific delineations. Certain materials, valuable but less frequently used, will be moved to Severn Library, our off-campus facility. We have already begun consulting with faculty in the Chemistry Department to make decisions about the print collection.
Faculty can expect faster online delivery of articles as a result of efficiencies realized by adopting workflows already in place at EPSL and McKeldin Library. Printed materials will continue to be delivered to campus offices.
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Library is an active part of the Research Commons, a unit of the University Libraries that compiles high-level research under one umbrella, expanding the boundaries of a traditional library. Services now a part of the Research Commons will continue in the merged space, where, for example, research projects are displayed on screens and a STEAM Salon series showcases current research of students and faculty. A 3D printer will relocate to a nicer, more visible space allowing more collaboration.